Melania Trump dismissed Friday the widespread talk about her husband President Donald Trump’s alleged affairs with a porn star and others, saying she has “more important things to think about.”
In an interview with ABC News, excerpts of which were broadcast early Friday, the US first lady did not deny her husband’s alleged history of philandering.
But Melania Trump insisted she doesn’t dwell on it.
“It is not a concern and focus of mine,” she said in the interview. “I’m a mother and a first lady, and I have much more important things to think about and to do.”
“I know people like to speculate and media like to speculate about our marriage,” she added.
“It’s not always pleasant, of course, but I know what is right and what is wrong and what is true and not true.”
Asked whether she loved her husband, she answered: “Yes, we are fine. It’s what media speculate, and it’s gossip. It’s not always correct stuff.”
ABC conducted the rare interview of the Slovenia-born 48-year-old former model and the president’s third wife while she was in Africa last week, I-24 Reported
About her trip to Africa, the first lady said, “I think it is very important that we show the world that America cares, and that this administration cares, and that I care. When other people have more opportunities, the world is [more free].”
ABC News’ Tony Llamas asked her what she found most surprising about being first lady, and Mrs. Trump’s answer was food for thought — or should be, to those who are tasked with truly make a difference in the world.
“It’s sad to see that organizations and foundations I want to partner with choose not to, because of the administration. I feel they’re choosing the politics over helping others,” the first lady said. She added, “They know who they are.”
On the #MeToo movement: She echoed the comments of her husband on this topic — and the stance of anyone else who understands the importance of due process. “You need to have really hard evidence — that if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence,” she said.
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence,” she reiterated. “You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘You did that to me.’”
Speaking of the #MeToo movement in general, which began a year ago with numerous sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the first lady told “Good Morning America,” “I support the women and they need to be heard. We need to support them, and also men, not just women.”
She also blasted the media’s obvious bias, saying they go “too far.”
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence … because sometimes the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct,” she emphasized. “It’s not right.”
On the jacket she wore when she visited detention centers in Texas in June: The back of Melania Trump’s jacket read, “I DON’T CARE DO U?” Those words and the jacket earned almost as much media attention as her visits.
“Why did you wear it?” Llamas asked her of that fashion choice.
“I often ask myself, if I did not wear the jacket, if I would have so much media coverage … It was for the people, and for the left-wing media who are criticizing me, and I want to show them I don’t care,” she answered. “You could criticize, whatever you want to say, but it will not stop me to do what I feel is right.”
On meeting the future president: “He was very charming, and we had the great sparkle. He came with a date; he asked for my number.”
On White House life: “I don’t feel like a prisoner. I’m enjoying it. It will not last forever; it’s a special time.”
On her life perspective: “I’m staying true to myself. I want to live a meaningful life. I know what my priorities are, and I want to live a meaningful life.”
On friends: “Quality over quantity” is her motto, she said, adding, “Sometimes you need to be careful.”
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